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Phil Brown: I'm proud of Dan Bentley, there's still plenty to play for

15 April 2015

The boss reflects on yet another positive result for the Blues against the Exiles

Southend United manager Phil Brown was pleased with his side’s performance as the Blues ran out 2-0 winners at home to Newport County at Roots Hall.

The victory made it four consecutive wins in Sky Bet League Two, as the Blues kept the pressure up on the sides above them in the table.

And despite the win, Brown wants to see a ruthless streak in the Blues’ play.

“We went in 1-0 up but the ruthlessness wasn’t there again,” he said after the game.

“It could have been four or five. We took our foot off the gas in the second half, and if they scored then it would have been game on.

“Fortunately they didn’t score and fortunately we got another clean sheet – Dan Bentley’s 11th consecutive one at Roots Hall.

“I don’t often bring praise for individuals but I’m very proud of Dan. You have to take your hat off to him. The team has changed in front of his but his character and organisation is top class. He’s very professional and Dan should be proud of himself.

“We keep doing our job and we’ll see what the others can do. We still have four games to go and 12 points to play for, so we’ll keep going.

“It’s one game at a time. Exeter will be smarting that they’ve lost at the very last minute against Wycombe.

“Stephen McLaughlin oozes class, believes in himself and has a lovely left foot. He attracts a lot of attention because of the quality he brings. He has his first goal for Southend and long may that continue.”

Skipper John White came off late in the game to be replaced by Jerome Binnom-Williams and Brown was happy with the job the loanee did for the team.

“John could have limped over the line. Jerome came on and didn’t look out of place before.

Jerome goes back to his parent club on Thursday to have a chat with his management and hopefully he’ll be back on Friday to join us going down to Exeter.”

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